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Immunize South Dakota is a dedicated network of community partners working together to increase immunization rates and prevent disease through education and outreach. The coalition comprises health care professionals, advocates, scientists, parents, community members, and others interested in improving vaccination rates and health outcomes in South Dakota. Coalition members are committed to advocating, educating, and delivering services to increase immunization rates for all age levels and to serving as an essential source of immunization information for health care professionals and their patients.

Support Immunize South Dakota

When you support Immunize South Dakota, you are increasing immunization rates, improving vaccine confidence and preventing disease.

We need your help to prevent cancer and initiate HPV vaccine series at age 9.

Background: Every year in the United States, it is estimated that nearly 36,500 individuals are diagnosed with cancer caused by an HPV infection. Human papillomavirus (HPV) cannot be treated, but there is a vaccine that can prevent transmission and protect against six cancers if initiated prior to exposure. HPV vaccination is a critical prevention tool, safeguarding children and adolescents against more than 90% of HPV cancers when given at recommended ages. Because cancer prevention decreases as the age of vaccination increases, it is important to start early!

Why Age 9? Starting the HPV vaccination series at age 9 is recommended by the American Cancer Society, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the National HPV Vaccination Roundtable. Previous guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends routine HPV vaccination at age 11 or 12 years but notes that the HPV vaccine can be given starting at age 9.

I pledge to provide all patients with a strong presumptive recommendation for HPV vaccination as early as possible, starting at age 9, in my routine patient care and education.

I will take the necessary time to have a conversation with parents and share any resources, answer any questions, and address any concerns.

I will encourage and educate my staff and partners to routinely recommend the HPV vaccination as early as possible, starting at age 9.

I commit to do my part to impact adolescent health care and HPV vaccination.

Survey Report

Immunize South Dakota recently completed research about South Dakotans’ perspectives and opinions of routine vaccinations as a safe and effective means of preventative medicine as well as their expectations of vaccination policies within primary education systems.